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Get a quick idea of what skip size you’ll need for your next project. We’ve detailed the most popular sizes in this handy infographic so that you can quickly see what size is used for what purpose, and make a decision on what you are likely to need.

There are a number of things to consider when choosing what size skip to hire and the below information serves as an introduction to the various uses of the different size skips. It’s also difficult to visualise skip size, and what capacity it will have; which is why we’ve included comparisons in the form of bin bags / wheelie bins and sofas to make it a little bit easier.

A Summary of Skip Size

2 Yard Skip (Mini Skip)

  • Holds 20 – 30 bin bags
  • 4 wheelie bins
  • 1 sofa
  • Ideal for domestic rubbish

4 Yard Skip

  • Holds 30 – 40 bin bags
  • 8 wheelie bins
  • 2 sofas
  • Great or kitchen or bathroom refits

6 Yard Skip (Builders Skip)

  • Capacity for 50 – 60 bin bags
  • 12 wheelie bins
  • 3 sofas
  • Ideal for larger renovation projects

8 Yard Skip

  • Holds 60 – 80 bin bags
  • 16 wheelie bins
  • Best suited for major renovation work
  • Often used for commercial projects

12 Yard (Maxi Skip)

  • Holds a massive 100 – 120 bin bags
  • 24 wheelie bins
  • 6 sofas
  • Usually only used on commercial projects


Contact Us

Choosing a skip size and disposing of your waste is an important decision and we can help you. There are numerous pitfalls including environmental legislation and regulations that govern the disposal of waste. Failure to comply with these can lead to a fine, and it’s really easy to avoid these issues when you use a licenced reputable skip hire company. We’d love to help you find the best service at the right price.

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